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a legendary coach is facing the toughest opponent of her life. pat summitt stepped down last year after being diagnosed with early stage alzheimer's. >> summitt is opening up about her struggle in a new book. abc's robin roberts sat down with her to talk with her about her fight. >> reporter: she is a champion of making young women believe in themselves. >> i don't know about y'all, but i want to win a national championship. >> reporter: you can string together around the globe all the grateful athletes from her 38-year coaching career. proud of themselves because of her. pat summitt. recalling faces and stories from her past. >> she was a piece of work. >> reporter: something her doctors and family quietly take note of, because the progression of the incurable disease has marked cruelly about how much your life disappears from memory.
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she was diagnosed with alzheimer's two years ago. telling me then what triggered a visit to the doctor. >> i would wake up in the morning and i would think, where am i? >> reporter: so pat decided to step aside as coach. >> i knew what i was dealing with. you know, the onset of dementia. and that was hard at first. >> reporter: you wrote early on in the book, have you ever walked along the shoreline only to have your footprints washed away by the surf? that's what alzheimer's is like. the waves steadily erase the marks we leave in the sand, all the sand castles. i know you get asked this a lot, pat. how does it feel to have alzheimer's? >> you know, i just get a game plan, go in to practice and as time went on, you know, i
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thought i can do this. i can do this. >> reporter: sadly, there is still no cure for alzheimer's. but how she's chosen to deal with it is just another example of what makes pat summitt so special. have you had the why me moment? >> you know, i've had a few of those. i can't change it. but i can deal with it. >> reporter: what is it that you want people to understand about you that can help them? >> it may not be the best thing but you've got to make it what it is. that's what i've done. >> reporter: i'm robin roberts in new york. >> it really is an incredible memoir about this woman going through the hardest fight of her life. in her memoir, she was asked whether or not she would trade in her trophies for her health. she hesitated for a moment and said she'd trade in her trophies to be able to coach again. >> she's a remarkable woman.
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>> she really is. >> so many great memories. it's a slow process where it steals from you. >> and it's deteriorating, which means it's just going to get worse, which is so sad. but she has the moments she's living now, which is important. >> we wish her the best. still to come, its death has been greatly exaggerated. >> you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ do the harlem shake can you count the number of times you've seen a video of someone doing the harlem shake? if you're like us, it's actually a number in the hundreds. >> so naturally, it's almost run its course, right?
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well, as abc's jon donovan reports, apparently not. >> reporter: wait, wasn't this supposed to be dead weeks ago? ♪ do the harlem shake >> reporter: this whole harlem shake madness video thing. it was showing signs of looming death, "the l.a. times" declared three weeks ago. killed, wrote the daily beast. played out said ad age. only when we asked, youtube told us this past weekend, search interest in the harlem shake was at the highest it has been. looming death? well, let's say it's a lingering one. >> it's been a month and we're ready for it to be done. please be over. >> reporter: that's whitney jefferson of buzz feed, which made its own harlem shake and they still haven't taken it down yet. it just hit a million views this week. and the darn thing keeps making news. the story of the students who
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made one in flight and provoked an faa probe into whether they broke any laws. they had not, it was decided. or the australian minors who lost their six-figure incomes, fired because they did this underground with shirts off. apparently a safety code violation. it began when these guys were goofing around. a scenario then repeated in trendy office spaces and off it went. it plateaued but it did not stop. now people are doing the harlem shake, jumping out of airplanes. here's the harlem shake sexy version. and a random fat guy doing it. here's a washing machine doing it. something makes all these people move. it was true a month ago and it's still true now. >> it's easy for people to and you just act like an idiot for 30 seconds.
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boom, harlem shake. >> reporter: by now, videos with the term harlem shake have been viewed 700 million times. the ones that say enough with the harlem shake. but some say isn't even the authentic dance move of that name. but look, this isn't all backlash. guys posting themselves on face back, they're just not part of the elite that thinks this is incredibly dumb. because sometimes dumb is fun. even if the smartest don't think so. john donvan, abc news. >> i think the woman in the last sound bite nailed it, anybody can do this. there's no real pattern to it. that's why i think more than any other dancer it's caught on, because there's no rules. >> and you don't have to be a dancer to do it. like there was one guy that was just punching a giraffe. that's the whole thing. but the harlem shake is 30 years old. and it was created by a man who used to do this in the middle of basketball games during halftime
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so we've all heard the phrase, looking for love in all the wrong places. but this is probably the worst place to look for love. apparently, according to some researchers who studied all the misconnections on craigslist, the number one spot where people say they have seen the love of their life, love at first sight is -- drum roll please -- walmart. >> walmart? >> yes. not any old walmart, walmart super center. >> there's something about the super center that brings out the love? >> must be. the study appeared in "psychology today." if you live in new york, the most frequent sight to make connections is the subway.
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california, the gym. it all makes sense. so the belly of america is finding love, walmart. go get them, guys. >> good for these people. "playboy" launching a new edition in israel. it's going to be in hebrew with local israeli models. it's not a big deal because "playboy" is in israel already, but it's in english. this is actually a hebrew edition and it's just launched. >> not only can it, it will backwards. >> local models and in hebrew of all things. >> they say everybody buys those magazines for the articles any way. so that makes a little sense that's why it would be there right, i guess. you know. now you're wonder what the heck are they doing? today happens to be -- yesterday happened to be the 50th
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anniversary of this bad boy, the hula hoop. and because we're on this show, we get to show you how ridiculous we look trying to do the hula hoop. he's got a 9-year-old so he gets a lot of practice. >> how do you like me now? >> oh yeah, oh, yeah. if you look down, you lose it. i know what i can do. how's that, huh? how do you like me now, guys? i can keep going forever. keep it going. >> i enjoy pogo sticks. >> when is the 50th anniversary of pogo sticks. come on, we can do it. i'm so glad i wore my heels for this. now i'm sweating. oh, yes! nice job.
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yes. thank you for that. america, we are now fully
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this morning on "world news now," deadly storm. the ice, heavy snow and dangerous conditions in the midwest intensify. the major system now blows east. >> the snowfall is so heavy, some are calling this heart attack snow because the danger lingers off the snow is gone. it's wednesday, march 6th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller in for rob nelson. >> welcome on this hump day. >> halfway there. bracing for the worst, the snow. >> this is terrible. i'm diana perez. parts of new england can expect this dangerous blast in the next couple of hours. also in new england, the teenage skier who was missing for two
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nights was found, safe and sound. his story of survival, who found him and oh, by the way, who he -- what he wanted to eat. >> wait till you hear where he learned his survival skills. later this morning, an ingredient found in a discount store gift that can help you lose weight. >> we're eating our chia pets now. and a serious decision for comedy central's jon stewart. he's leaving the "daily show" but only for 12 weeks. we'll explain why he'll be absent from his successful program for so long. all that coming up in "the skinny." let's begin with that deadly snowstorm turning roads across the midwest into very treacherous messes, leaving travel plans up in the air. >> more than 1,000 flights have been canceled today as airport crews struggle to clear runways. warnings are posted right now from illinois to virginia to d.c. we begin our coverage with abc's
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alex perez. >> reporter: the storm is hammering the midwest. in minnesota alone, more than 120 car crashes. in wisconsin, a truck driver killed. his semi plunged off an icy bridge. this car ends up on a lake, and the storm's target, chicago. the plows are trying to keep up and keep roadways clear of ice. the colossal storm also creating headaches at the airports. more than 1,300 flights canceled across the country. 1,140 of them at chicago's two airports alone. but this slushy, snowy deluge is a welcome sight to some. >> welcome to my world, alex. >> reporter: thanks for having me. busy day, huh? like snow removal driver tim gibbons, whose business has suffered due to a snow drought. >> it helps for the earnings for our employees. >> reporter: and there are concerns about flooding and high winds on a coastline already battered and broken.
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places like washington, d.c. could get up to a foot of snow. they're stocking up. and this storm is dumping what's called heart attack snow. it sends some 700 people to emergency rooms every year. it's heavier and weighs twice as much as that lighter, fluffier stuff. just one of the many problems this storm is dumping on several states. >> when the storm hits the northeast, virginia and massachusetts can expect a foot of snow and the coastal areas will get powerful wind gusts. >> these are live pictures over the white house. d.c. can expect the worst storm in years. take a look right now, it is starting to fall. we get the latest from meteorologist jim dicky from accuweather. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. snow ending in chicago but just beginning here across northern pennsylvania, southern pennsylvania. heavy through these morning hours in pittsburgh and heavy through the day in the d.c. area.
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it will set up just off to the south and east, from i-95 to i-81. heavy, wet snow through the day. many spots in northern virginia over a foot of snow. back to you. >> jim, thank you. heavy, wet snow means snowball fights. >> if you can get out of your house. >> here's the rest of your wednesday weather. cool with scattered showers in central florida. dry along the gulf coast. rain and mountain snow in the northwest and showers in southern california. >> 50s in the rockies. 30s in the middle of the country. 40s from boston to atlanta. now to an amazing story of survival in the frigid maine winter. listen to this. 17-year-old skier nicholas joy was found alive yesterday after two days lost on sugar loaf mountain. he managed to survive by building a snow cave and walking towards the sound of snowmobiles. >> i can't believe i found him. i thought like most everybody,
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he probably got hurt. >> amazing. two days, two nights. strong, smart, did the right thing. >> strong and smart. and his happy mom, one of the first things he asked, can i have a cheeseburger? she headed out and got him a cheeseburger. >> what a happy, happy ending. well, markets across asia are ending with solid gains across asia, following the record high close for the dow jones industrial average. the blue chip market indicator climbed nearly 126 points yesterday, closing at 14,253. while traders and anyone who invests in the market can be happy, some analysts are urging caution about the economy. >> you don't see the champagne bottles and the confetti coming down because there is still a very, very big disconnect between what the market is telling us and what the economy is telling us. >> when the dow hit its previous all-time high, unemployment was hat 4.7%.
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today it's 7.9%. the february employment report comes out on friday. the poorest people across california can get a free cell phone. starting this week, the phones will be available to homeless people with low incomes. it's a basic phone with 250 minutes of talk time and 250 text messages per month. costs will be covered by small monthly fees added to the land line and cell phone bills. about 4.5 million house holds will be eligible. most people would be happy to make the "forbes" list of billionaires. but apparently that wasn't the case for this prince. he insists that "forbes" underestimated his fortune by $9 billion. hate when that happens. "forbes" said the prince was vastly overestimating his wealth and spends more time on
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self-promotion than donald trump. is that possible? is it possible to do that? >> "forbes" knows what they're talking about. >> here's a couple of things. "forbes" describes this prince as a vain businessman who lives in a marble-clad palace filled with portraits of himself, and he has his own 747 for business trips and the plane has a throne on it. >> and he's worth $9 billion more than they said he was. >> how dare you. when you're in the millions and billions, does it matter? as if san francisco wasn't already a city with plenty to see, here's another one. it's called the bay lights. it made its big debut last night. >> it's being called the world's largest l.e.d. light sculpture. it uses over 25,000 lights. they've all been strung along near five miles of vertical suspension cables on san francisco's bay bridge. >> very nice. the lights will be lit every day for the next two years from dusk
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until morning. when you're competing with the golden gate bridge, you've got to do something. >> we always like to see the light shows. by the way, $8 million in private donations. >> very good. the empire state building here in new york started doing the lights. it's really come on. >> i don't know if they do dancing lights. not yet. coming up, the wildly successful singer who says there's just no excuse for his behavior. exposing 9-year-old girls to the skimpy clothing at victoria's secret. what parents would allow this? we'll let the debate begin. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ man, i feel like a woman here's one that a lot of parents of girls will be debating. how young is too young to shop at victoria's secret? >> a mommy blogger has sparked an online outrage by letting her 9-year-old daughter select her undergarments. >> reporter: steamy, sexy, lace panties. and revealing push-up bras.
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ripped from the runway and straight into your tween daughter's shopping bag? >> sexy underwear from victoria's secret, maybe not so much. >> this is why girls are just growing up too fast. >> reporter: but jenny erickson is causing a stir with moms online. >> no one wants to be the girl with the ugly underwear. >> reporter: she says she's excited to bring her daughter to victoria's secret to shop the pink clerks -- collection, which markets to college-age girls. >> i don't think there's anything wrong with having cute panties and bras from the big girl store. >> reporter: hanna is a 9-year-old fashionista in the making. >> when you start becoming a pre-teen, you want to go away from gymboree and on to the next level. >> reporter: and that's what retailers are banking on. the tween market is an estimated $30 billion industry. retailers who target the 18 to 22-year-olds are hoping preteens like hanna are paying attention.
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and with justin bieber rocking the cat walk, no doubt they are. >> i don't think any marketers would come out and admit that's what they're doing. but clearly it seems to be something that's happening with products that are designed for younger and younger girls. >> reporter: is there anything wrong with a tween wearing something like that? >> i would not put my tween into something like that. i would probably not get lace for my daughter. there's a line between pretty and sexy. it's hard when we're talking about underwear to know where that is. >> reporter: for now, hanna, who doesn't even know what victoria's secret is, is content from getting fashion advice, not from models, but someone she trusts. >> like my grandma says don't wear socks with sandals. >> reporter: that's such good advice. abbie boudreau, abc news.
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>> and that is the topic of this morning's facebook question. >> we want to know what you think. how young is too young to shop at victoria's secret? log on to our facebook page to weigh in. >> when i was 9 years old, shopping at gymboree was a big deal. you have a 9-year-old, so i want your opinion on this. >> it's a tough one. today's 9-year-old is not our 9-year-old. >> today's 9-year-old is not our e internet or some of the dramas she's tchi i'm more concerned about what she sees on the internet or some of the dramas she's watching on tv, on the kid's channels. they get into some interesting subjects for a 9-year-old. but of course not. i don't think she needs to be going to victoria's secret. but it's not the end of the world. i would hope they don't have to march through the provocative intimate lingerie aisle to get to the kid's underwear. >> i have a little boy, but at 9, i just feel like it's a little too young. who cares if you're going to
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have a 9-year-old wearing ugly underwear? who's looking at your underwear? >> believe it or not, they care. some of them. but i'm with you. it's too young. >> how about we just do lip gloss at 9? let's stay with lip gloss. >> i'm on board with that. coming up, taylor swift tells a famous funny woman to go to hell. and justin bieber says he's sorry. his apology next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny, so skin ♪ skinny, so skinny ready for "the skinny"? >> i'm ready. >> jon stewart, big fan of his. he's going to leave his show, take a hiatus, for 12 weeks. and guess what he's going to do? he's going to try his hand at directing a film. >> it's going to be hilarious. it's called "rose water." it's a drama, actually, so i don't know how funny it will be. it's from a screenplay that he wrote. it's going to require a 12-week absence from "the daily show." it's going to cost an estimated $30 million to $40 million. the absence will probably coincide with the summer hiatus. one of the reasons he says, we're in this business is to challenge ourself. so hats off to him for
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challenging himself. boy, oh boy, doing your first directing of a film. >> everyone is going to want to see that. >> if it's not good, you get hammered. >> everybody on fox news is going to watch it and trash it, i guarantee it. just wait until bill o'rilley gets his hands on it. now moving on to taylor swift where she's sounding off. she thinks it's unfair a female writes about her feelings and then is portrayed as clingy. she says, i think it's a little sexist. and she's a little excited about the fact that she's being called boy crazy and everybody says she's dated all these guys, but she says since 2010 i've dated two guys. so how about that, world? >> she's laughing all the way to the bank, for sure.
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>> so this is all kind of corelated, comingled with comments made by amy poehler at the golden globe awards where she said she warned taylor swift to stay away from michael j. fox's son because of the reputation she has. now taylor swift is saying, amy poehler is going to hell. moving on to another controversial young person, justin bieber. remember when he said on facebook that the fans in england where he was holding a concert were really mad at him. he was very late and they started booing.
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he tweeted, i was 40 minutes late to the stage. let's listen. [ crowd boos ] >> no excuse for that. i apologize to everyone. it was a great show, i am proud of that. he blames some technical glitches on the fact that he was late. you've got to remember, these are not grownups necessarily who are waiting for justin to come out, these are young teenagers. some of them have school in the morning. you can't be over an hour late for a show. they have bedtimes. >> and in london, apparently the subway system shuts down at midnight. so these poor kids were waiting around for two hours. he's supposed to show up at 8:15 and didn't show up until 10:30. that's too late. apparently he had a concert the following night where he showed up half an hour early. different fans. doesn't make a difference at that point. >> i took my daughter to a -- i can't think of it. ♪ since you been gone kelly clarkson. she was the headline act, but she played before the other act, which was the fray, because most of the fans who were young
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wanted to go home and to bed. >> bieber, are you listening? i know you watch us. because you're listening and you watch us, take some tips from her. >> did i just sing kelly clarkson? >> yes, you do. come on, you got a good voice. >>, no not that high. elsewhere against dirt, it was a sweep, with scuffed sports equipment... had it coming. grungy phones... oh! super dirty! and grimy car rims... wow! that really works! ...all taking losses. it looks like mr. clean has won everything. the cleaning games are finished? and so are we. okay, but i just took a mortgage out on the cabinet. [ male announcer ] clean more, work less, with the mr. clean magic eraser extra power. in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it
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♪ welcome back, everyone. we've all heard of the chia pet. now comes the chia diet. >> it's a new weight loss plan that incorporates the seeds of those plants. it sounds crazy but it might work. here's abc's rachel smith. >> reporter: you've seen the commercial for decades. that hardy plant best known for growing into this and this, was once the diet staple for the ancient aztecs. >> spread the seeds, water and
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watch it grow. >> reporter: but now the chia is the key ingredient in a new, well, diet. sprouting more than entertainment for kids. >> the aztecs were the most successful people in the world 500 years ago and it was no accident they had the best agriculture imaginable. >> reporter: it's not the much maligned chia plants or even the company that makes those famous ads at the center of this smoothy heavy diet. it's those ancient chia seeds packed with nutrients. >> i had fought to get below 203 pounds, impossible. >> reporter: he says it also incorporates beans, corn, turkey, fish, fruit, vegetables. the doctor, who has been compensated by one of the companies that distributes chia seeds, says he's lost 13 pounds. another advocate, mother of two,
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rachel garcia. >> i got a personal trainer, which i have never gone. after two months, i lost three pounds. >> reporter: three months of scooping chia into her smoothies, she saw results. >> i went from a size 14 to size 8 in jeans. that was crazy. cheers. >> reporter: rachel smith, abc news, jacksonville, florida. >> have you tried it yet? >> i don't know about that. >> it's not so bad. you put it in a shake and you don't know it's there. >> by the way, don't eat the chia pet seeds that are in your chias, because they haven't been washed correctly. >> thank you, guys. chia mustache is pretty sweet, too. >> you need sideburns. grow the sideburns.
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this morning on "world news now," all-time high. the investor enthusiasm today after the big record on wall street. >> what the surge brings to your savings account and if this is a real sign the economy is recovering from the recession. it is wednesday, march 6. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm john muller in for rob nelson. the bean counters are weighing in this morning after a dow hits the record. also this morning, why the faa is allowing you to carry small pocket knives on board airline flights. is this a common sense decision possibly or a decision that could jeopardize security? and michael jackson's children, why we're seeing so
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much of them lately and the family member who may be giving them so much guidance. and yes, we're trying any way to answer, it is almost time for our wnn in box. our viewers asking about our favorite football teams, our work habits. that's coming up. but first, stock markets around the world getting a psychological lift from the dow's record close on wall street. all the major averages across asia traded higher wednesday. at one point japan's nikkei hit its highest level since september of 2008. >> following the dow's 126 point game with the all-time high close of 14,253. abc's linzie janis reports. >> reporter: cheers of joy and relief on the trading floor. is this good times ahead? >> right now it is a time to celebrate. >> reporter: a long way from that previous high back in october of 2007.
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a recession began just two months later. >> i love the buzz this has created. this is telling the main stream investor something i've been trying to explain, the stock market is a place you need to have your winner. >> reporter: the big winners, american companies. those wall street titans seeing the biggest bonuses in years. and the modern american family's 401(k) nest egg, bigger than ever before. from an average balance of $67,500 in 2007 to $46,200 at the depth of the market in 2009. and now, higher than ever, $77,300 and climbing. so when it comes to jobs, many americans are getting left behind. there are 2.2% fewer jobs today than back in 2007. 12.3 million americans are still out of work. so if american businesses are flourishing, why aren't they hiring? experts tell us companies are
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working leaner, outsourcing jobs to countries with cheap labor. >> increasingly, manufacturing is going to be a matter of computer programming, software, and robots. >> reporter: that's why experts say math and science degrees are golden these days, and that stock is only going up. people here say they've learned to take nothing for grant it. all the traders we spoke to said they're watching three things. the chinese economy, the european recession, and most of all, the gridlock in washington. linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> we all remember that dreadful day. almost four years ago to the date, it was march 9, the dow was 6,547, so it's more than doubled since then. >> that's right. just so we keep things in perspective, the last time we hit a near record was in 2007. since then, the housing market chanced. we hit the worst financial crisis since the great
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depression and our national debt has gone from $9 trillion to $16 trillion. >> that's a buzz kill. >> just keep it all in mind before you go out there and get bullish in the market. you don't want to go crazy. >> one big difference now between where the dow was from then and now is unemployment back then was 4.7%. now it's 7.9%. until that number goes down, a lot of people aren't going to feel like it's a real recovery. airports and sea ports could be hit hard soon due to the budget cuts. air traffic controller also be put on furlough in a month. that could mean fewer flights taking off and landing. the transportation secretary predicts flights to new york, chicago and san francisco could have delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours. at the port of los angeles, the budget cuts are starting to slow that stream of cargo from overseas ships. overtime is now cut to u.s. customs agents who inspect the cargo. looking at anything dangerous.
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l.a. is home to the nation's busiest sea port. secretary of state john kerry wrapping up his visit to the middle east, expected to arrive back home in washington tonight. but his first overseas trips has been plagued with threats by america's enemies. >> reporter: in north korea, a wild and dangerous threat. to cancel the 60-year-old cease-fire that's held the peace since the korean war. >> our preference is not to brandish threats at each other. >> reporter: the problems to the west in iran, even more urgent with kerry conceding to abc news, they're closer to getting a nuclear weapon than ever. then there are the risks in nearby syria, with 70,000 dead and nearly 1 million refugees. would you rule out giving aid? >> there is a wholistic, united effort focused on trying to save lives in syria and make it clear to president assad that we are
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determined. >> reporter: four years ago, this was hillary clinton on her first trip overseas. huge reception. a buzz in the air. for kerry, it is very different. the buzz in the crowds replaced with the sober reality that the threats facing america have never been more real. martha raddatz, abc news, qatar. >> secretary kerry will be watching the political situation in venezuela following the death of president hugo chavez. he died yesterday after a two-year battle with cancer. elections will be held in venezuela in 30 days. the vice president is running the president for now. hugo chavez was 58 years old. a major surprise in the george zimmerman case in orlando. his defense attorneys waived their right to a stand your ground hearing. that hearing would have
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determined if zimmerman was exempt from florida's self-defense laws. preparation for that hearing would have taken so much time, so they'll now focus on the trial set for june. zimmerman is accused of killing trayvon martin last year. in a major retail lawsuit, martha stewart said she did nothing wrong. the domestic diva denied wrongdoing when she signed deals to sell goods in penneys shops. in los angeles, authorities showed off 1500 counterfeit handbags. they were seized last month from china. if they were real, they would have a value of over $14 million. maybe you've heard of this prank known as fire in the hole. that's when someone at a drive through window throws a drink back in the restaurant. this happened at a dunkin doughnuts in connecticut.
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a guy drives up and announces this is a robbery, then dries to climb through the window. the worker throws a cup of coffee in his face and followed it up with a whole pot of joe. the guy got away empty handed. quick thinking. that's the way i like it. >> fighting back. a messy winter storm is closing in on the nation's capital after delivering the most snow to the windy city in two years. watches and warnings are being posted from indiana to new hampshire, and as far south as georgia. many schools are closed. drivers are being urged to stay off the roads. more than 1,000 flights have been canceled today and it could have a ripple effect. passengers in indianapolis were scrambling to make alternative plans. thousands of people losing power, as well. virginia and massachusetts can expect a foot of snow from this storm, along with 50-mile-an-hour winds. >> we'll get an update right now
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with accuweather. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. storm system bringing heavy, wet snow to much of the atlantic. as that does, colder air working back in. so that rain-snow line sitting up just to the south and east of washington, d.c. we're going to pick up a heavy, wet 4 to 8 inches of snow in the d.c. area and baltimore. 3 to 6 in philadelphia and new york city. john and diana, back to you. >> jim, thanks. >> thank you, jim. here's a look at your rest of the wednesday weather. another storm blows in along the west coast. rainy from san diego to seattle. mountain snow in the rockies. scattered showers in central florida. >> upper 70s in miami. 40s to the rest of the east coast. 30s in the midwest. 50s from boise to colorado springs. with all that talk of snow has you down, here's a sure sign of spring.
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this is our favorite story of the day. >> it takes us to the persian gulf nation of dubai where you can visit the world's largest natural flower garden. it features more than 45 million flowers, many of which have been planted for the first time in the gulf region. >> talk about doing it right. the garden will be open until late may, so hurry up and get to dubai. then it will close for the summer, because it's just too darn hot. >> it doesn't even look real it's so stunning. >> philadelphia is working on a flower show, and i am going to guess here that it's going to look nothing like this. >> that was amazing. how do you top that? who's questioning a major decision of the faa about what you can carry on a flight. and why are we seeing michael jackson's children so often now after they lived so many years in privacy? you're watching "world news
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but after a decade of confiscating tens of millions of pocket knives, the tsa says it's time for a change. you can now carry a small knife on board. >> we know they're unlikely to be used again to try to hijack an aircraft. >> reporter: in a month and a half, you'll be allowed to carry a folding knife if it's less than 2.36 inches. hockey, lacrosse and pool players can board with their sticks. razor blades and box cutters like those used by the hijackers on 9/11 will still be banned. not every flight has an air marshal on board trained to deal with knife wielding passengers. which is why flight attendants say they and passengers will be at risk. >> it's a horrible decision and we're incredibly disappointed in the tsa. >> reporter: tsa says the change
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will allow officers to concentrate on more serious threats, like guns. every day, four guns are found at u.s. check points and on average, three of them are loaded. every month at each of our 20 biggest airports, they collect about 850 pounds of confiscated goods. more than 400 pounds are knives. the tsa is hoping this will help lines move quicker. david kerley, abc news, washington national airport. >> i'll stand in line. >> knives? >> knives is still one of those things -- it's a weapon. we're allowing golf clubs and that makes sense. they're not using them as a weapon. a pocketknife is a weapon. >> i would agree. i don't know why you can have a box cutter -- or you can have a knife but not a box cutter.
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>> you can also take your lacrosse sticks and whiffle ball bats. in recent years, nail clippers and cigarette lighters were removed from the list. and also if you have a novelty bat, bring it on. if it's shorter than two feet. just leave your knife at home. >> and kids can leave their shoes on now in most cases. some good, some bad. coming up next, you asked and now we're going to answer. >> we hope up the "world news now" inbox. >> we hope up the "world news now" inbox. stay with us.
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the curb and has been rocking a new do. i think it's safe to say my hair is bipolar, she tweeted. showing off her multicolor nails and some no nonsense ear wear. >> this is all they know. they know the entertainment industry and so it's not that shocking that paris and prince would be interested in it. >> reporter: if this jackson generation's penchant for living out loud may have some asking questions, 16-year-old prince michael already has, quizzing the cast of disney's oz, the great and powerful as a special correspondent for "e.t." prince michael also has a cameo in the "90210" reboot. and posted this explosive video of his 16th birthday candle. reports speculated that michael's kids were now being managed by their aunt, la toya. la toya put the kibosh on that, saying neither la toya or her company represent any of mj's
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children in any legal capacity. nor has she received any commissions or payment. la toya has some career work ahead too. a reality show on oprah winfrey's network. chris conley, abc news, new york. >> that is one bizarre family, man. >> why not? the kids are growing up. they have to make identities for themselves. they're coming out. they stepping into the spotlight. why not? >> the kids have gone through a lot over the last couple of years. they lost their dad, their family has been in complete crisis. i feel like, and what do i know, but i would want to stay out of the public eye just until we figure it out and come out together as a semi normal looking family. but they are the jacksons. >> maybe that's what's happening. yeah, they're growing up. when you're 16, you want to get out there and show what you can do. >> that's what is making news this half hour.
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this morning on "world news now," winter blast. the worst snowstorm in two years hits chicago. and it's now barreling towards the northeast, bringing dangerous winds. >> travel nightmares as airlines cancel more than 1,000 flights. it's wednesday, march 6. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everyone. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm john muller in for rob nelson. that same area hit by hurricane sandy can expect wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour. we'll get an update from accuweather and go to the death of venezuelan leader hugo chavez. mixed emotions worldwide and in venezuela after the commander's death from cancer.
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>> incredible to say there, but there are lawmakers here in america who say this is a good day that this dictator is gone. >> absolutely. >> very sad we have to say that about a man's death. then in britain, the duchess of cambridge may have dropped a major hint about the child she's carrying. will kate deliver a boy or girl? she may have told us quite by accident. later this half hour, even though it's a hit at the senior citizen center by now, the harlem shake. it started as a viral sensation. we'll explain that it's still hanging on. >> that was really good writing. i liked that. but first, we have to tell you about this wicked winter storm that's still on the move this morning after hammering the midwest with heavy globs of west snow. >> it's bearing down on the ohio valley, snowing in the washington, d.c. area.
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schools are closed as a precaution. winter storm watches and warnings posted in 19 states this morning, from indiana through much of the east coast. our conference begins with marci gonzalez. >> reporter: with spring on the horizon, old man winter is fighting back. yet another brutal snowstorm smacking the midwest. chicago facing more than a foot of snow. minneapolis declaring a snow emergency. >> we live in minnesota, so this is what you have to expect. >> reporter: in minnesota, the rough weather caused more than 120 car crashes and in wisconsin, a truck driver died when his semi plunged off an icy bridge. from the mess on the roads to major headaches at the airports, more than 1300 flights canceled nationwide. most of them in chicago's two airports. in washington, d.c., residents are stocking up. >> this is stressing me out. >> reporter: bracing for the most snow they've seen in two years, as much as 7 inches.
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and along the new jersey shore, there are some evacuations under way. >> i've already removed three condominiums that were in my backyard when the storm first hit. so i'm very concerned about the storm. >> reporter: as residents prepare for storm surges that could slow their recovery even more. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> in coastal areas hard hit by hurricane sandy can expect 50-mile-an-hour winds. >> the storm coverage continues now with accuweather and meteorologist jim dicky. good morning. >> good morning. a mess on tap here for the mid-atlantic. our storm system transferring energy from a low that brought the heavy snow to chicago to a low moving towards the coast here. snow falling in northern virginia, along i-81. that will only continue as we head through the day. that rain/snow line is going to creep ever so slowly towards
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d.c. heaviest snow in cities like pittsburgh, northern virginia, western maryland. by the time the sun rises, it will be snowing in d.c. heavy snow continues in northern virginia. that's the bull's eye for this storm. over a foot by the time all is said and done. >> jim dicky, thank you. now to another major story in venezuela. funeral services are set for friday for hugo chavez. he died yesterday after a battle with cancer. a controversial and charismatic leader, chavez sparred frequently with the u.s. >> reporter: many americans viewed him as a dictator, infamous for jousting with president george w. bush. >> you are a donkey, mr. bush. >> reporter: but in venezuela, hugo chavez was a charismatic hero, running the country with with the world's biggest oil reserves. but chavez grew up poor. and after winning his first of four presidential elections, he called for the redistribution of
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the country's oil wealth to venezuela's poor. he exported his brand of socialism. his proteges include three other latin america leaders and embraced some of the world's most notable tyrants. castro was his close friend and mentor. he made political sport of attacking u.s. policies and president bush was one of his favorite foils. >> translator: yesterday the devil came here. right here. and it smells of sulfur still today. >> reporter: in 2007, barbara walters asked what his message would be to the american people. >> martin luther king is my leader. his dream is your dream, is our dream, is my dream. >> reporter: ambitious and defiant to the end, the question is who will follow the most
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dominant latin america leader of his generation? matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> of course, the u.s. sees this as an opportunity and the white house released a statement, president obama says the united states remains committed to policies that promote respect for human rights. they hope maybe this will turn the page. >> what's interesting now start all the conspiracy theories. the second in command has already said he needs all the military attaches outside. and he's already blaming the united states for giving hugo chavez. so we need a change in leadership as a whole, not only with his death are things going to change. all right. well, let's talk about some progress towards the conclave that will elect the next pope. the sistine chapel is now closed to tourists to prepare for the
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super secret meeting. security measures are being put in place. the stove that will burn the ballots almost ready. today they'll lead a public prayer service where they'll thank the former pope benedict for his service. the family of the california woman that died in that controversial cpr case says it's not going to sue. lorain bayless' family says they were aware that they did not offer medical care but opted to live there any way. but a retired fire captain whose father also lives at that same independent senior living center says something does have to change. his father was in the dining room when bayless collapsed. >> he said the victim was surrounded by people and it was his impression that someone would do something. as it turns out, as we found out later, no one was doing anything. >> the company which operates the senior center says the nurse in question here did not understand corporate policy about the use of cpr. a chicago alderman wants to make his city the first to ban the sale of energy drinks. he noted the latest research
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which shows the danger of such drinks, especially for children. experts were called to testify about the popular drinks, but there was no decision from the city council. energy drink makers maintain that those products that they make are in fact safe. women who pig out on junk food while pregnant could be causing a food addiction in their unborn children according to research that shows mothers who consume junk food have a higher risk of interfering with the child's brain chemistry. those babies may be born with a need to consume more junk food to get a feel-good response in the brain. doctors in australia say it indicates why some people may become addicted to sugar and fat. speaking of pregnant women, the most recognizable one on the face of the earth right now is the duchess of cambridge. on a visit along england's east coast yesterday, a well wisher gave kate a teddy bear. >> nice. well, that's what she believed. it almost spilled the beans about her baby, though.
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kate overheard saying she'll take the bear for her and then she made a "d" sound. >> i'll take the baby for my -- sounded like she was going to say the word daughter. kate said, we're not telling. she's due in july. she's not showing and she's still stunning as usual. so what do you think? >> i think she might have spilled the beans there. >> you think a little girl? >> unless it's wishful thinking. but they know. i think she spilled the beans. >> maybe. i didn't find out until the moment -- >> you waited? >> i waited to the moment. but you feel things. >> did you feel like you were going to have a boy? >> i absolutely felt like it. >> mother's intuition. coming up, from deep discounts to deep feelings. the store where you can find love. but first, the fearless coach faces the biggest challenge. what pat summitt says about her
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a legendary coach is facing the toughest opponent of her life. pat summitt stepped down last year after being diagnosed with early stage alzheimer's. >> summitt is opening up about her struggle in a new book. abc's robin roberts sat down with her to talk with her about her fight. >> reporter: she is a champion of making young women believe in themselves. >> i don't know about y'all, but i want to win a national championship. >> reporter: you can string together around the globe all the grateful athletes from her 38-year coaching career. proud of themselves because of her. pat summitt. recalling faces and stories from her past. >> she was a piece of work. >> reporter: something her doctors and family quietly take note of, because the progression of the incurable disease has marked cruelly about how much
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your life disappears from memory. she was diagnosed with alzheimer's two years ago. telling me then what triggered a visit to the doctor. >> i would wake up in the morning and i would think, where am i? >> reporter: so pat decided to step aside as coach. >> i knew what i was dealing with. you know, the onset of dementia. and that was hard at first. >> reporter: you wrote early on in the book, have you ever walked along the shoreline only to have your footprints washed away by the surf? that's what alzheimer's is like. the waves steadily erase the marks we leave in the sand, all the sand castles. i know you get asked this a lot, pat. how does it feel to have alzheimer's? >> you know, i just get a game plan, go in to practice and as time went on, you know, i
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thought i can do this. i can do this. >> reporter: sadly, there is still no cure for alzheimer's. but how she's chosen to deal with it is just another example of what makes pat summitt so special. have you had the why me moment? >> you know, i've had a few of those. i can't change it. but i can deal with it. >> reporter: what is it that you want people to understand about you that can help them? >> it may not be the best thing but you've got to make it what it is. that's what i've done. >> reporter: i'm robin roberts in new york. >> it really is an incredible memoir about this woman going through the hardest fight of her life. in her memoir, she was asked whether or not she would trade in her trophies for her health. she hesitated for a moment and said she'd trade in her trophies to be able to coach again. >> she's a remarkable woman. >> she really is. >> so many great memories.
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it's a slow process where it steals from you. >> and it's deteriorating, which means it's just going to get worse, which is so sad. but she has the moments she's living now, which is important. >> we wish her the best. still to come, its death has been greatly exaggerated. >> you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ do the harlem shake can you count the number of times you've seen a video of someone doing the harlem shake? if you're like us, it's actually a number in the hundreds. >> so naturally, it's almost run its course, right? well, as abc's john donovan reports, apparently not. >> reporter: wait, wasn't this
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supposed to be dead weeks ago? ♪ do the harlem shake >> reporter: this whole harlem shake madness video thing. it was showing signs of looming death, "the l.a. times" declared three weeks ago. killed, wrote "the daily beast." played out, said "ad age." only when we asked, youtube told us this past weekend, search interest in the harlem shake was at the highest it has been. looming death? well, let's say it's a lingering one. >> it's been a month and we're ready for it to be done. please be over. >> reporter: that's whitney jefferson of buzz feed, which made its own harlem shake and they still haven't taken it down yet. it just hit a million views this week. and the darn thing keeps making news. the story of the students who made one in flight and provoked
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an faa probe into whether they broke any laws. they had not, it was decided. or the australian minors who lost their six-figure incomes, fired because they did this underground with shirts off. apparently a safety code violation. it began when these guys were goofing around. a scenario then repeated in trendy office spaces and off it went. it plateaued, but it did not stop. now people are doing the harlem shake, jumping out of airplanes. here's the harlem shake sexy version. and a random fat guy doing it. here's a washing machine doing it. something makes all these people move. it was true a month ago and it's still true now. >> it's easy for people to and you just act like an idiot for 30 seconds. boom, harlem shake. >> reporter: by now, videos with
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the term harlem shake have been viewed 700 million times. the ones that say enough with the harlem shake. but some say isn't even the authentic dance move of that name. but look, this isn't all backlash. guys posting themselves on facebook, they're just not part of the elite that thinks this is incredibly dumb. because sometimes dumb is fun. even if the smartest don't think so. john donvan, abc news. >> i think the woman in the last sound bite nailed it, anybody can do this. there's no real pattern to it. that's why i think more than any other dancer it's caught on, because there's no rules. >> and you don't have to be a dancer to do it. like there was one guy that was just punching a giraffe. that's the whole thing. but the harlem shake is 30 years old. and it was created by a man who used to do this in the middle of basketball games during halftime to entertain the crowd.
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so we've all heard the phrase, looking for love in all the wrong places. but this is probably the worst place to look for love. apparently, according to some researchers who studied all the misconnections on craigslist, the number one spot where people say they have seen the love of their life, love at first sight is -- drum roll please -- walmart. >> walmart? >> yes. not any old walmart, walmart super center. >> there's something about the super center that brings out the love? >> must be. the study appeared in "psychology today." if you live in new york, the most frequent sight to make connections is the subway. california, the gym.
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it all makes sense. so the belly of america is finding love, walmart. go get them, guys. >> good for these people. "playboy" launching a new edition in israel. it's going to be in hebrew with local israeli models. it's not a big deal because "playboy" is in israel already, but it's in english. this is actually a hebrew edition and it's just launched. >> not only can it, it will backwards. >> local models and in hebrew of all things. >> they say everybody buys those magazines for the articles any way. so that makes a little sense that's why it would be there right, i guess. you know. now you're wonder what the heck are they doing? today happens to be -- yesterday happened to be the 50th anniversary of this bad boy, the hula hoop. and because we're on this show, we get to show you how ridiculous we look trying to do
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the hula hoop. he's got a 9-year-old so he gets a lot of practice. he was also practicing before we went on. >> she's awesome at it, by the way. me, not so much. yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. how do you like me now? >> oh, yeah. oh, yeah. if you look down, you lose it. i know what i can do. hold on. you want to see me go on forever? how's that? huh? how do you like me now, guys? i can go on forever as long as i don't hit myself. >> i'm getting good at this. >> come on. keep it going. keep it going. when is the 50th anniversary of the pogo stick? all right. come on. we can do it. 15 seconds. i'm going to twist my ankle. i'm so glad i wore my heels for this. now i'm sweating. oh, yes!
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this morning on "world news now," deadly storm. the ice, heavy snow and dangerous conditions in the midwest intensify. the major system now blows east. >> the snowfall is so heavy, some are calling this heart attack snow because the danger lingers off the snow is gone. it's wednesday, march 6th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller in for rob nelson. >> welcome on this hump day. >> halfway there. bracing for the worst, the snow. >> this is terrible. i'm diana perez. parts of new england can expect this dangerous blast in the next couple of hours. also in new england, the teenage skier who was missing for two nights was found, safe and
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sound. his story of survival, who found him and oh, by the way, what he wanted to eat. >> wait till you hear where he learned his survival skills. later this morning, an ingredient found in a discount store gift that can help you lose weight. >> we're eating our chia pets now. and a serious decision for comedy central's jon stewart. he's leaving the "daily show" but only for 12 weeks. we'll explain why he'll be absent from his successful program for so long. all that coming up in "the skinny." let's begin with that deadly snowstorm turning roads across the midwest into very treacherous messes, leaving travel plans up in the air. >> more than 1,000 flights have been canceled today as airport crews struggle to clear runways. warnings are posted right now from illinois to virginia to d.c. we begin our coverage with abc's alex perez. >> reporter: the storm is
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hammering the midwest. in minnesota alone, more than 120 car crashes. in wisconsin, a truck driver killed. his semi plunged off an icy bridge. this car ends up on a lake, and the storm's target, chicago. the plows are trying to keep up and keep roadways clear of ice. the colossal storm also creating headaches at the airports. more than 1,300 flights canceled across the country. 1,140 of them at chicago's two airports alone. but this slushy, snowy deluge is a welcome sight to some. >> welcome to my world, alex. >> reporter: thanks for having me. busy day, huh? like snow removal driver tim gibbons, whose business has suffered due to a snow drought. >> it helps for the earnings for our employees. >> reporter: and there are concerns about flooding and high winds on a coastline already battered and broken. places like washington, d.c.
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could get up to a foot of snow. they're stocking up. and this storm is dumping what's called heart attack snow. it sends some 700 people to emergency rooms every year. it's heavier and weighs twice as much as that lighter, fluffier stuff. just one of the many problems this storm is dumping on several states. >> when the storm hits the northeast, virginia and massachusetts can expect a foot of snow and the coastal areas will get powerful wind gusts. >> these are live pictures over the white house. d.c. can expect the worst storm in years. take a look right now, it is starting to fall. we get the latest from meteorologist jim dicky from accuweather. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. snow ending in chicago but just beginning here across northern pennsylvania, southern pennsylvania. heavy through these morning hours in pittsburgh and heavy through the day in the d.c.
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area. it will set up just off to the south and east, from i-95 to i-81. heavy, wet snow through the day. many spots in northern virginia over a foot of snow. back to you. >> jim, thank you. heavy, wet snow means snowball fights. >> if you can get out of your house. >> here's the rest of your wednesday weather. cool with scattered showers in central florida. dry along the gulf coast. rain and mountain snow in the northwest and showers in southern california. >> 50s in the rockies. 30s in the middle of the country. 40s from boston to atlanta. now to an amazing story of survival in the frigid maine winter. listen to this. 17-year-old skier nicholas joy was found alive yesterday after two days lost on sugar loaf mountain. he managed to survive by building a snow cave and walking towards the sound of snowmobiles. >> i can't believe i found him. i thought like most everybody,
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he probably got hurt. >> amazing. two days, two nights. strong, smart, did the right thing. >> strong and smart. and his happy mom, one of the first things he asked, can i have a cheeseburger? she headed out and got him a cheeseburger. >> what a happy, happy ending. well, markets across asia are ending with solid gains across asia, following the record high close for the dow jones industrial average. the blue chip market indicator climbed nearly 126 points yesterday, closing at 14,253. while traders and anyone who invests in the market can be happy, some analysts are urging caution about the economy. >> you don't see the champagne bottles and the confetti coming down because there is still a very, very big disconnect between what the market is telling us and what the economy is telling us. >> when the dow hit its previous all-time high, unemployment was hat 4.7%.
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today it's 7.9%. the february employment report comes out on friday. the poorest people across california can get a free cell phone. starting this week, the phones will be available to homeless people with low incomes. it's a basic phone with 250 minutes of talk time and 250 text messages per month. costs will be covered by small monthly fees added to the land line and cell phone bills. about 4.5 million house holds will be eligible. most people would be happy to make the "forbes" list of billionaires. but apparently that wasn't the case for this prince. he insists that "forbes" underestimated his fortune by $9 billion. hate when that happens. "forbes" said the prince was vastly overestimating his wealth and spends more time on self-promotion than donald trump. is that possible? is it possible to do that? >> "forbes" knows what they're talking about. >> here's a couple of things.
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"forbes" describes this prince as a vain businessman who lives in a marble-clad palace filled with portraits of himself, and he has his own 747 for business trips and the plane has a throne on it. >> and he's worth $9 billion more than they said he was. >> how dare you. when you're in the millions and billions, does it matter? as if san francisco wasn't already a city with plenty to see, here's another one. it's called the bay lights. it made its big debut last night. >> it's being called the world's largest l.e.d. light sculpture. it uses over 25,000 lights. they've all been strung along near five miles of vertical suspension cables on san francisco's bay bridge. >> very nice. the lights will be lit every day for the next two years from dusk until morning. when you're competing with the golden gate bridge, you've got
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to do something. >> we always like to see the light shows. by the way, $8 million in private donations. >> very good. the empire state building here in new york started doing the lights. it's really come on. >> i don't know if they do dancing lights. not yet. coming up, the wildly successful singer who says there's just no excuse for his behavior. exposing 9-year-old girls to the skimpy clothing at victoria's secret. what parents would allow this? we'll let the debate begin. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ man, i feel like a woman here's one that a lot of parents of girls will be debating. how young is too young to shop at victoria's secret? >> a mommy blogger has sparked an online outrage by letting her 9-year-old daughter select her undergarments. >> reporter: steamy, sexy, lace
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panties. and revealing push-up bras. ripped from the runway and straight into your tween daughter's shopping bag? >> sexy underwear from victoria's secret, maybe not so much. >> this is why girls are just growing up too fast. >> reporter: but jenny erickson is causing a stir with moms online. >> no one wants to be the girl with the ugly underwear. >> reporter: she says she's excited to bring her daughter to victoria's secret to shop the pink collection, which markets to college-age girls. >> i don't think there's anything wrong with having cute panties and bras from the big girl store. >> reporter: hanna is a 9-year-old fashionista in the making. >> when you start becoming a pre-teen, you want to go away from gymboree and on to the next level. >> reporter: and that's what retailers are banking on. the tween market is an estimated $30 billion industry. retailers who target the 18 to 22-year-olds are hoping preteens like hanna are paying attention.
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and with justin bieber rocking the cat walk, no doubt they are. >> i don't think any marketers would come out and admit that's what they're doing. but clearly it seems to be something that's happening with products that are designed for younger and younger girls. >> reporter: is there anything wrong with a tween wearing something like that? >> i would not put my tween into something like that. i would probably not get lace for my daughter. there's a line between pretty and sexy. it's hard when we're talking about underwear to know where that is. >> reporter: for now, hanna, who doesn't even know what victoria's secret is, is content from getting fashion advice, not from models, but someone she trusts. >> like my grandma says don't wear socks with sandals. >> reporter: that's such good advice. abbie boudreau, abc news. >> and that is the topic of this morning's facebook question.
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>> we want to know what you think. how young is too young to shop at victoria's secret? log on to our facebook page to weigh in. >> when i was 9 years old, shopping at gymboree was a big deal. you have a 9-year-old, so i want your opinion on this. >> it's a tough one. today's 9-year-old is not our 9-year-old. i'm more concerned about what she sees on the internet or some of the dramas she's watching on tv, on the kid's channels. they get into some interesting subjects for a 9-year-old. but of course not. i don't think she needs to be going to victoria's secret. but it's not the end of the world. i would hope they don't have to march through the provocative intimate lingerie aisle to get to the kid's underwear. >> i have a little boy, but at 9, i just feel like it's a little too young. who cares if you're going to
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have a 9-year-old wearing ugly underwear? who's looking at your underwear? >> believe it or not, they care. some of them. but i'm with you. it's too young. >> how about we just do lip gloss at 9? let's stay with lip gloss. >> i'm on board with that. coming up, taylor swift tells a famous funny woman to go to hell. and justin bieber says he's sorry. his apology next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny, so skinny ready for "the skinny"? >> i'm ready. >> jon stewart, big fan of his. he's going to leave his show, take a hiatus, for 12 weeks. and guess what he's going to do? he's going to try his hand at directing a film. >> it's going to be hilarious. it's called "rose water." it's a drama, actually, so i don't know how funny it will be. it's from a screenplay that he wrote. it's going to require a 12-week absence from "the daily show." it's going to cost an estimated $30 million to $40 million. the absence will probably coincide with the summer hiatus. one of the reasons he says, we're in this business is to
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challenge ourself. so hats off to him for challenging himself. boy, oh boy, doing your first directing of a film. >> everyone is going to want to see that. >> if it's not good, you get hammered. >> everybody on fox news is going to watch it and trash it, i guarantee it. just wait until bill o'reilly gets his hands on it. now moving on to taylor swift where she's sounding off. she thinks it's unfair a female writes about her feelings and then is portrayed as clingy. she says, i think it's a little sexist. and she's a little excited about the fact that she's being called boy crazy and everybody says she's dated all these guys, but she says since 2010 i've dated two guys. so how about that, world? >> she's laughing all the way to the bank, for sure. >> so this is all kind of
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corelated, comingled with comments made by amy poehler at the golden globe awards where she warned taylor swift to stay away from michael j. fox's son because of the reputation she has. now taylor swift says, you know what, amy poehler, he's going to hell. amy poehler has fired back saying, i feel bad she's upset, but i know i'm going to hell, but it's going to be for other stuff like boring tax stuff, not because of you. she's not that important, i guess is what she's saying. moving on to another controversial young person, justin bieber. remember when he said on facebook that the fans in england where he was holding a concert were really mad at him. he was very late and they started booing.
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he tweeted, i was 40 minutes late to the stage. let's listen. [ crowd boos ] >> no excuse for that. i apologize to everyone. it was a great show, i am proud of that. he blames some technical glitches on the fact that he was late. you've got to remember, these are not grownups necessarily who are waiting for justin to come out, these are young teenagers. some of them have school in the morning. you can't be over an hour late for a show. they have bedtimes. >> and in london, apparently the subway system shuts down at midnight. so these poor kids were waiting around for two hours. he's supposed to show up at 8:15 and didn't show up until 10:30. that's too late. apparently he had a concert the following night where he showed up half an hour early. different fans. doesn't make a difference at that point. >> i took my daughter to a -- i can't think of it. ♪ since you been gone kelly clarkson. she was the headline act, but she played before the other act, which was the fray, because most of the fans who were young wanted to go home and to bed.
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>> bieber, are you listening? i know you watch us. because you're listening and you watch us, take some tips from her. >> did i just sing kelly clarkson? >> yes, you did. come on, you got a good voice. >> no, not that high. it was a sweep, with scuffed sports equipment... had it coming. grungy phones... oh! super dirty! and grimy car rims... wow! that really works! ...all taking losses. it looks like mr. clean has won everything. the cleaning games are finished? and so are we. okay, but i just took a mortgage out on the cabinet. [ male announcer ] clean more, work less, with the mr. clean magic eraser extra power. in the middle of the night it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it
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♪ welcome back, everyone. we've all heard of the chia pet. now comes the chia diet. >> it's a new weight loss plan that incorporates the seeds of those plants. it sounds crazy but it might work. here's abc's rachel smith. >> reporter: you've seen the commercial for decades. that hardy plant best known for growing into this and this, was once the diet staple for the ancient aztecs. >> spread the seeds, water and watch it grow. >> reporter: but now the chia is the key ingredient in a new,
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well, diet. sprouting more than entertainment for kids. >> the aztecs were the most successful people in the world 500 years ago and it was no accident they had the best agriculture imaginable. >> reporter: it's not the much maligned chia plants or even the company that makes those famous ads at the center of this smoothy heavy diet. it's those ancient chia seeds packed with nutrients. >> i had fought to get below 203 pounds, impossible. >> reporter: he says it also incorporates beans, corn, turkey, fish, fruit, vegetables. the doctor, who has been compensated by one of the companies that distributes chia seeds, says he's lost 13 pounds. another advocate, mother of two, rachel garcia. >> i got a personal trainer,
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which i have never gone. after two months, i lost three pounds. >> reporter: three months of scooping chia into her smoothies, she saw results. >> i went from a size 14 to size 8 in jeans. that was crazy. cheers. >> reporter: rachel smith, abc news, jacksonville, florida. >> have you tried it yet? >> i don't know about that. >> it's not so bad. you put it in a shake and you don't know it's there. >> by the way, don't eat the chia pet seeds that are in your chias, because they haven't been washed correctly. >> thank you, guys. chia mustache is pretty sweet, too. >> you need sideburns.
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this morning, here it comes. >> a deadly snowstorm in the nation's capital after slamming the midwest. it's already a travel nightmare with hundreds of flights canceled and snow weary new england could be next. >> soaring stocks on the rise around the world after the dow's historic new record, but will the rocket ride continue? knives on a plane. new rules for passengers. previously banned items now cleared to use on board. strong reaction from flight attendants. night lights. the bay area's other bridge getting a high-tech chance to shine. good wednesday morning to you. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm john muller in for rob nelson. we begin this morning with that
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giant storm rolling into the east coast clobbering so many cities with heavy, wet snow. >> as the midwest digs out, winter warnings are now posted in 19 states and the nation's capital is now in the crosshairs. abc's tahman bradley there in the elements of rain. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, diana. good morning, john. the snow is just starting to fall in washington, d.c. although this looks like rain at the moment. but we are gearing up for a big event. federal offices will be closed here today. there is a winter storm warning in effect. folks here saw what this monster storm did to the midwest and are gearing up. the colossal storm pushed through the mid-atlantic dumping heavy snow around washington, d.c. forecasters expect accumulations between 6 inches and a foot. >> kind of stressing me out. >> reporter: in montgomery county, maryland, crews prepared for the worst. >> we'll work as hard as we can to do the best we can. >> reporter: their goal to avoid

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